Best strategy for a clean reinstall.

Art Alexion art.alexion at
Wed May 2 14:15:01 BST 2007

On Tuesday 01 May 2007 20:04, Paul Trevethan wrote:
> On Tue, 1 May 2007 09:02:57 -0400
> Art Alexion <art.alexion at> wrote:
> > > > > At end, the one making the rounds at the moment.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks, Donn.  Have you tried this yourself?  
> > >
> > > I just tried it on a lab-rat machine I have here.   Seemed to work
> > > just fine and I have been trying to figure out how to get a list of
> > > pkgs over to a diffrerent machine.
> > >
> > > I am thankful for the method!
> >
> > My machine has a combination of packages installed from repositories
> > along with debs downloaded and installed via dpkg.  How can I insurer
> > that the manually installed debs are available?
> There is a program available in the repos called AptOnCD. Made just for
> this sort of scenario.
> I have a situation where I need to install Ubuntu on machines that just
> do not have the download capacity in their internet accounts to handle
> the large amount of downloads to get the system setup with all required
> apps. So, what I do is install this machine with what I want and then
> use AptOnCD to create a dvd with all the extra apps installed; then,
> move to other machines, do standard install then apply AptOnCD dvd as
> repo source and install all the extras. Works nicely for re-install
> also.
> All AptOnCD does is take all the .deb files in your cache and turn them
> into an accessible repo on cd or dvd. To get your manually
> installed apps that did not come from repos into this process just
> manually move them into your apt-get cache ( /var/cache/apt/archives/ )
> before running AptOnCD.

This sounds like the perfect solution. Thank you.


Art Alexion

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